Huddersfield enter Player Pathway Agreeement

Super League club Huddersfield Giants, Championship club Halifax and League One club Hunslet have agreed to put together a side for the new Reserve league.

The three clubs have entered a unique partnership, which will enable them to contribute to the Players Pathway programme by the RFL.

Giants Director of Rugby Richard Thewlis told the club website:  “We approached Halifax with a view to being able to help them back into the Championship top five next year, which is so important to them.

“With their central funding cut and our enhanced squad all needing games, a partnership seemed a good fit.

Then when Hunslet approached Halifax in a similar vein, it made more sense to include them as well to widen the pool of players available.”

Fax Football Manager Ian Croad added: “As a club, we have been standard bearers for the concept of reserve team rugby league over the last four years.

“Having made the extremely difficult decision to withdraw from next season’s competition, we were keen to explore more innovative solutions to the problem facing us.”

Hunslet Head Coach Gary Thornton concluded: “The partnership is an exciting opportunity for Hunslet, with a pathway for sharing quality players when we need to.

“We are looking forward to working with both Huddersfield and Halifax in a partnership that could develop all three clubs over the next three years.”

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